ED- The Eerie Digest is very pleased to introduce producer/writer Jeff Bonilla to all of our readers. Jeff, you originally started as a police officer. Can you tell us how you transitioned into the entertainment industry?
JB- I’d always had an interest in the entertainment industry even as a kid. I remember watching commercials and thinking that guy or girl was really good etc., and then a year later seeing the guy from the commercial on a TV show or movie and thinking “wow I was right”. This happened a couple of times. Kind of silly that a little kid would be checking out actors on commercials. Guess I should have been an agent or casting director now that I think about it.
ED – That is funny. Are any of those actors anyone we would know?
JB – Actually yeah. JoBeth Williams and Ted Danson are two that I remember. Also Kate Vernon.
ED – You co-authored a critically acclaimed book about your days as a police officer called “So You Want To Be A Cop.” Was that the impetus for your writing career in Hollywood?
JB- Well the book was really born out of necessity and frustration. Frank Pickens (co-author) and I were parked side by side in our patrol cars one night having a discussion on the craziness of police work and how it would have been great if we had prior knowledge of what were really getting ourselves into by becoming cops. That was how we hit upon the idea for the book since there really wasn’t anything like it out there. There was information on taking the tests to become a cop but nothing that really revealed the inner workings of becoming a cop, and what to expect from a career standpoint. Anyway, Frank was a closet writer and journalism major and I was somewhat of a writer. Mostly songwriting at that point, but I knew the book was something that had to be done. It really lit a fire under us creatively. It received great reviews from the law enforcement community across the country and to this day is still viable for anyone interested in entering the law enforcement field.